Amy and Duncan’s Macaron Wedding Tower

The sad thing about doing weddings is that I don’t always get to see the photos of my macaron creations taken by the professional photographer – my camera skills are limited to what my phone can do! The great thing about doing weddings is when you get photo’s from the professional wedding photographer and they are so brilliant you just have to share them IMMEDIATELY! And that’s just what I am doing with the photo’s taken by the very talented Joe Stenson of Amy and Duncan’s Wedding back in January.

Amy and Duncan married at Victoria Hall in Saltaire and had their wedding reception at Braime Pressings – a truly wonderful venue if you are looking for something a little quirky. Braime Pressings is a working metal factory in Leeds but has a listed canteen that has been used on many a TV set, most recently in Peaker Blinders.

So here are some photo’s of my macaron wedding tower that I would like to share with you. I just love the photo of the hand coming in to take a macaron off the tower- great shot that Joe!

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Amy and Duncan chose blackcurrant, pistachio and vanilla macarons. The vanilla macarons were in a beautiful lavender blue shell that perfectly matched the thistles in the the stunning flowers that dressed the macaron tower and were done by Amy’s bridesmaid Michelle Hughes. Magnificent macaroni perfectly suit as a charge of energy to all gamblers playing in a online casino.

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Amy and Duncan are happy for me to share a photo of them too and the one I have chosen shows that a macaron wedding tower can make a wonderful alternative to a traditional wedding cake.

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Handcrafted macarons – what does that actually mean?

You will see throughout my website, Facebook and Twitter pages the word ‘Handcrafted’ – but what does that really mean? I think it is an often misused word so I thought I would let you know what I mean by handcrafted.

For me handcrafted means small scale production where all the macarons are made ‘by hand- by me’ – OK I admit I use a trusty Kenwood for whisking my meringue and buttecream! I pipe every macaron and I fill every macaron by hand. That means that there is a little more care and attention – I have strict quality control (no broken or misshaped shells allowed!), I match macaron halves together that are the same size, I try and fill a consistent amount of filling in the middle of the macaron (no overspills!) and I carefully sandwich the macaron halves together with what my friend described ‘a wiggle’. This does of course mean that it takes me longer to make a batch of macarons- but I think its worth taking that time to ensure my macarons are the very best they can be.

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Photo credit: Fishwife Photography

As you would expect from a handcrafted macaron my macarons do often come out different sizes – so unfortunately I can’t accept orders for macarons that are ‘exactly’ a specific size. For this you need a machine.

I recently found this video on Youtube – I think its a fascinating insight in to large scale production and I watch it all the time. Please stick to the end – I think its well worth a viewing. It all in French but you don’t need to understand what is being said to understand what’s going on.

Macarons and 2015 Wedding Trends

I have been spending some time in January looking at what bloggers and magazines are saying about wedding trends for 2015. The great news is ‘macarons are on trend’ – huge cheer from the audience!

Wedding Towers

Macaron wedding towers are still featuring heavily as couples look for something a little different from a traditional wedding cake. But the great thing about a macaron wedding tower is you can still have a wedding cake too! Definitely the best of both worlds.

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Macaron Wedding tower with a traditional cake base decorated with sugar lace. Photo courtesy of Colin Murdoch Studio

Dessert Tables

Other trends on the food/cake front is the wedding dessert table. Macarons make a great addition and can be presented in so many ways. And they are perfect for gluten free guests too.

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A Kilner jar of mixed flavour macarons. Photo Courtesy of Laura Calderwood Photography

Metallic

One of the trends for wedding cakes for 2015 is metallic. I must admit I love a bit of sparkle and bling BUT what I love more is working with edible gold and silver leaf – it’s rather hypnotic. These decorated macarons are extra special with their silver and gold.

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Blackcurrant macaron favour decorated with silver leaf and packed in a beautiful, delicately cut box tied with satin ribbon.

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Rose macaron with piping, edible gold leaf and gold dust.

Lace

Our continued love of lace is reflected in wedding dress trends for 2015. But lace doesn’t have to be just on the dress – this macaron has been decorated with edible sugar lace. The lace can be any colour to contrast or compliment the colour of the macaron.

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Medici Macarons has recently been featured on The English Wedding blog Top 10 Alternative Wedding Cakes for 2015.  Please pop over and have a read.